It was another late night Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday night...and it continued this morning. The assembly recessed at midnight, and reconvened this morning at 9 a.m. They were in the middle of discussing the budget ordinance last night, and then approved it today. First several amendments were made to the mayor's proposal. His budget zeroed out some so-called "non-departmental" funding. The mayor already included funding for Kenai Peninsula College. And the assembly has reinstated funding for some of the other organizations.
They have included 25-thousand dollars for CARTS, the Central Area Rural Transit System, 300-thousand dollars for Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, 40-thousand dollars for the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, and 105-thousand dollars for the Small Business Development Center.
Those items had moments of contention, but one new item was not debated at all and passed unanimously: the idea of saving money by closing landfills and transfer facilities one day a week in the winter. The assembly heard briefly about that idea during a committee meeting Tuesday. KDLL's Ben Stanton reports.